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Friday, July 30, 2010

REVIEW: Shift by Rachel Vincent

Being the first female werecat enforcer isn't easy. Scars accumulate, but I'm stronger in so many ways.

As for my personal life? It's complicated. Choices worth making always are. Ever since my brother's death and my father's impeachment, it's all I can do to prevent more blood from spilling. Now our Pride is under attack by a flight of vicious thunderbirds. And making peace with our new enemies may be the only way to get the best of our old foe.

With the body count rising and treachery everywhere, my instincts tell me to look before I leap. But sometimes a leap of faith is the only real option...

Book: Shift by Rachel Vincent
Release Date: March 1, 2010
Format: Mass Market
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Series: Shifters, #5
Free or Purchased: Purchased 
Rating: PhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucket (4 Zombies)

Faythe seems to be more subdued and conscious of how her actions as Alpha-to-be can affect those around her, both positively and negatively. She's really grown as a character from the spoiled, wannabe-independent, but still lovable girl we met in Stray to a tough-as-nails, serious, and mature woman that I can easily see leading her Pride one day in the near future.

Besides Faythe, Jace is much more intense since Ethan's death. He's more focused on the things he really wants in life, to the exclusion of everything else. Unfortunately, Faythe is one of those things. In the earlier books, Jace didn't really seem like much of a contender for Faythe, in fact, all he was was a casual flirtation; I definitely didn't see their relationship really going anywhere, and even if it did, nowhere that would bother Marc. I honestly do feel sorry for Jace, but that doesn't change the fact that he's pushing Faythe to cheat on her boyfriend, and, as honorable as he tries to make himself sound, if he really wanted what was best for Faythe instead of what's best for Jace, I think he would leave her to make up her own mind without the constant pressure to choose, choose, choose. Seriously, what kind of man uses his grief and the grief of the woman he supposedly loves to force her into a relationship with him? Just think about what kind of a precedent that sets for any future interactions between the two of them if they become a couple. From what I've seen so far, it would be Jace pushing Faythe to do things she doesn't believe in, while trying to make himself look like the one making the tough choices. As far as I'm concerned, Jace needs to back the hell off!

While I really loved this book, especially compared to the last one, one of the biggest problems for me was Faythe's way of dealing with her boy troubles. I really get that she likes Jace, even though she wants to be with Marc. What I don't understand is her claiming that she loves them both, falling apart whenever she thinks that Marc is going to leave her, but can't decide between him and Jace. The choice seems obvious, if Marc is so essential to her existence. And she still won't marry the guy? What the hell, Faythe?

It may seem like this is the most selfish thing Faythe could do, but, in my opinion, rather than being selfish she's being entirely too selfless. She needs to forget about hurting Jace's feelings and just tell him to STFU every once in a while, and tell Marc to speak up.

Speaking of Marc, I really wish he would stand up for himself. While punching someone may seem like standing up for yourself, it just doesn't count if you turn around and act like you don't care what someone chooses to do. Whenever I see Marc telling Faythe to do whatever she wants, I feel a mixture of joy that, for once, the hero trusts his heroine to make the right choice, and exasperation that he refuses to try to influence her decision. I'm caught between swooning and screaming, "Just grow a pair, for goodness' sake!"

But instead of continuing my rant, I'll leave it up to you guys to check out the book and see for yourselves. I guarantee, it's a great read!